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SHIP'S PAPERS AND PROCEDURE OF SKIPS          101

amount in the ship's pantry. If in agreement, these stores
are sealed and remain so sealed whilst in port. He then
searches the ship, seeking contraband as a preventive
measure against smuggling.

The master applies to the pilot to bring the ship to the
dock or berth.

If the ship is in ballast and coming inwards a Custom
House Report is needed. If the ship is with cargo, there is,
in addition, the report and list of dutiable stores; also—

1.  Register                         4. Tonnage slip

2.  Stores list                       5. Pilotage slip

3.  Lights certificate             6. Pratique

Every ship must produce a light dues receipt either
before entering or before leaving the port. No ship is
allowed to leave port without the light dues being paid.

Light dues are payable at a fee which fluctuates so much
per ton, and the money received from this levy assists in the
maintenance of all lights, lightships, lighthouses, beacons,
etc., around the coast. The lights which are maintained by
the Ministry of Transport out of the levies include the
Great Basses, Little Basses, and Mrrmecoy Lights.

The Bahamas Lights, however, are maintained from
money voted by Parliament to the Ministry of Transport
for this specific purpose.

Eveiy ship, whether laden or in ballast, must report after
arrival from any port abroad, or any port in the United
Kingdom.

Vessels from foreign ports which put into British ports
purely for bunker purposes, provisions, or as a port of
refuge, are not required to report unless the vessel remains
in port for more than 24 hours from the time of arrival.

Failure on the part of a master to report his ship makes
him personally liable for a fine of £100, and all goods which
are not reported may be detained.

The time of arrival of aship is based upon the time when
a vessel is an arrived ship in or ofi the berth or dock.

When a ship arrives or is expected to arrive out of legal